Jesus Stood Still – Cold Wax Painting

The story of a blind beggar in Jericho became my own personal story when one-day several years ago Jesus stood in front of me during a worship service and asked me the same question: What do you want?

550216  Jesus bleibt stehn * Jesus stood still

Come, tell me what you really want!

The story of a blind beggar in Jericho led to an amazing process of healing in my own life. When Jesus and his disciples walked past the beggar, he called out “Have mercy on me!” The bystanders threatened him to stop shouting, but Jesus stood still and called the beggar to himself and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

During the sermon about this biblical story, suddenly Jesus stood still in front of me. And he asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” What a unique and God-given moment, like rarely before and after.

What things would come to your mind? Wealth? Health? Long life? Marriage partner? Special gifting?

After some going and back and forth in my thoughts, I answered, “Jesus, I want to be free from my addictions.” Even though I had learned with the help of the 12-step program to manage my addictions fairly well, I knew deep down, that I was not completely free.

Jesus answered “OK!” I did not know when it would happen, and I did not want to shout victory too early, but after a few months it was obvious that a real change had happened. I was free from my addictive behavior such as workaholism, overeating, control addiction and their various relatives. Praise God!

The same year God gave healing and liberation in several other areas of my life. That’s why I call it my “Year of Jubilee.”


Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Mk 10:52